Video game adaptations come along every once in awhile, but there are very few that are ever considered “good.” From beloved game franchises like Mario, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, fans have been given some of the downright worst movies they likely ever could’ve gotten. Super Mario Bros., Mortal Kombat: Annihilation, and Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun-Li certainly come to mind, and thinking about House of the Dead is enough to put one to tears. In fact, of the nearly thirty video game adaptations that have been released since 1993, not a single one of them — from Double Dragon all the way up to last year’s Need for Speed — has managed to garner a Rotten Tomatoes score of over 44%. And that’s on the high end.
Still, that’s not going to stop a studio from trying to adapt a successful franchise name, even if from another medium. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest video game franchise to get the feature film treatment will be Gran Turismo, shepherded by director Joseph Kosinski (Oblivion). The game series on which it will be based, also called Gran Turismo, is comprised of about 15 releases across Sony platforms, since it has exclusivity Sony PlayStation. First released on the original PlayStation in 1997, Gran Turismo has spawned sequels on the PS2 and PS3, with a new installment in development for release either late this year or early next year on the PlayStation 4.
Screenwriter Alex Tse (Watchmen) was last known to have written a draft based on the game series, but it’s not known if Kosinski will use that take on the film. Apparently, Kosinski — who also directed Tron: Legacy for Disney — has been seeking out a racing film for some time, initially developing a project called Go Like Hell that had nearly secured the likes of Brad Pitt or Tom Cruise. That project failed to find cohesion, but adapting the critically-acclaimed racing series to film certainly has the potential to scratch the director’s “need for speed.”
Plot details remain unknown as of right now, but we can hope that this will be the video game adaptation that proves to be more critically successful than every other one before it. You may not want to bet on it, but it always helps to be optimistic. For more on this project as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation.
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